What is Power Plate®?
Power Plate® is the premium vibration training machine powering a new dimension in wellness
solutions for all ages, lifestyles and physical abilities by using the principles of Acceleration Training
to stimulate the body’s natural response to vibration.
Whilst this may seem like a brand new technological innovation, the use of vibration for therapeutic
purposes actually dates back to the ancient Greeks who utilised it to help heal injuries.
Russian scientist, Vladimir Nazarov, became the first person to utilise Whole Body Vibration (WBV)
training in its most modern application - Biomechanical Stimulation. With this technology he was
able to investigate involuntary muscle contractions and involuntary movement. This information,
coupled with the mounting knowledge of voluntary movement, allowed them to answer many
questions regarding neuromuscular control.
In the early 1960’s the Russian Space Program utilized WBV training to counteract the bone and
muscle degeneration caused by zero gravity enabling them to spend an astounding 420 days in
space. Later, ballet dancers with minor muscle injuries such as Achilles Tendonitis discovered that
vibration aided the healing process. They also found that their muscular strength and jump height
increased with only a quarter of the effort or time required by traditional training methods.
In 1999, Guus van der Meer, a Dutch Olympic team trainer, began to test the reaction of healthy,
untrained volunteers to vibration training. Based on positive results, he developed the Power Plate®
and set up special training programs to meet the demands of the health and fitness sector.
Although the Power Plate® vibration training machine is still relatively new, an ever growing body of
scientific research proves its potential for widespread therapeutic application and health benefits
and is now used by a wide range of people from athletes looking to improve their performance, to
individuals attempting to improve their fitness and wellbeing and those who have a disability or
illness that can be relieved or alleviated by WBV training.